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Revolutionary Chinese Cookbook: Recipes from Hunan Province

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Fuchsia Dunlop is the author of the much-loved and critically acclaimed Sichuanese cookbook Land of Plenty, which won the British Guild of Food Writers’ Jeremy Round Award for best first book and which critic John Thorne called “a seminal exploration of one of China’s great regional cuisines.” Now, with Revolutionary Chinese Cookbook, she introduces us to the delicious tas ...more
Hardcover, 304 pages
Published February 17th 2007 by W. W. Norton & Company (first published August 3rd 2006)
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Jun 14, 2012 Darren rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Firstly, what a title - how come it had not been used before? A great tie-in that immediately tells the reader a bit about the book thanks to the worldwide association of Chairman Mao and his little red book.

In a way, this book might be a form of fairly-strong "guidelines" too that can foster a degree of determination and appreciation, albeit on a culinary level. Within this sturdy, steady book the author sets out to showcase food from Hunan, a province in China that is often overlooked at least
Jan 21, 2009 Miriam rated it it was amazing
Recommended to Miriam by: Saveur magazine
Shelves: non-fiction, culinary
Chairman Mao’s Red-Braised Pork (Mao Shi Hong Shao Rou)

1 lb. pork belly (skin optional)
2 Tbsp. peanut oil
2 Tbsp. white sugar
1 Tbsp. Shaoxing wine
~ Fresh ginger (a -inch piece), skin left on and sliced
1 star anise
2 dried red chiles
~ A small piece of cassia bark or a small cinnamon stick
~ Light soy sauce
~ Salt
~ Sugar
~ Scallion greens

Plunge the pork belly into a pan of boiling water and simmer for 3 or 4 minutes, until partially cooked. Remove and, when cool enough to handle, cut i
Jan 21, 2008 Bookshop rated it it was amazing
Shelves: delicious-reads
What can I say? It's from Fuschia Dunlop, the writer of Sichuan Cookery which is one of my most utilized and prized cook books.

Her love for Chinese cooking, particularly from Sichuan and Hunan, is unmistakable. As per her earlier book, this book starts with factors which are deemed to influence the Hunanese cuisine: its culture, its people, its climate, its history. Apparently, Mao Ze Dong comes from this province and I guess that explains her cultural revolution theme in the book. She then move
James Eckman
May 18, 2016 James Eckman rated it liked it
Very similar to her other province specific cookbook, Land of Plenty: A Treasury of Authentic Sichuan Cooking, with the same faults and virtues. Chairman Mao's favorites were strangely amusing, he liked peasant food. The rest of the food history was also fun.
Cath Ferla
Jan 02, 2016 Cath Ferla rated it really liked it
rustic, homestyle recipes from Hunan. no fancy Neil Perry-style stuff here, just down to earth food with roots.
Sep 20, 2011 Meg rated it really liked it
I lived in Hunan for a short time, and loved loved loved the cuisine there. I bought this cookbook in hopes of replicating some of the dishes here in the states, as well as just to read about the background of the region. The recipes are great and varied but I wish that there were more photos of the food, ingredients, landscape, etc. I could do without Mao references on just about every single page. While I can find most of the ingredients easily enough, I am not that successful in making them t ...more
Oct 12, 2015 Hoyt rated it liked it
I haven't made any of the recipes yet, will have to find a good Asian food store first. Each recipe is proceeded by a story about the dish, or the region that its from. An interesting way to find out a little about part of China that I might not have seen otherwise.

I'll have to update this review after trying a few of the recipes.
Oct 01, 2008 Amber rated it it was amazing
I have tried MANY MANY cookbooks but they all failed to teach me how to make anything that tastes remotely similar to authentic Chinese food.

With the help of this book (and Land of Plenty), I have finally learned how to cook food that even scored compliments from my Chinese father-in-law. I loved this cookbook!

Jul 07, 2008 nicole added it
Shelves: cooking, food
I have to return this to the library before I actually got around to making anything from this but I just love looking through cookbooks. Even though this one has lots of meat recipes, it also has beautiful photos and great stories. There are some veggie recipes that look good too...I'll check it out again.
May 12, 2012 Desmond rated it it was amazing
Shelves: cook-books-etc
For anyone who likes Chinese food and loves to cook, this is a must have! I don't want to cook anything else. I've tried about five recipes so far, they have all been excellent, yet at the same time each dish is unique in flavor.
Jan 07, 2010 Mellisa rated it really liked it
I haven't tried any of the recipes yet, but most of my favorite Hunan foods are in it and the ingredients look spot on and the photos are gorgeous. This one is going to be fun to experiment with.
Sep 19, 2008 stephanie rated it really liked it
An great, easy guide to Hunan cooking. Most of the ingredients can be found at the local asian grocery and the recipes are easy to follow. Plus all the recipes are tasty.
Adam Lubin
Feb 20, 2010 Adam Lubin rated it liked it
doesn't cover the basics nearly as well as I'd like, but has interesting recipes (and backstories, though I'm never clear on who the hell reads such things in cookbooks).
Jul 04, 2009 Allisonperkel rated it it was amazing
Shelves: food, non-fiction, recipes
another wonderful book on cooking from Ms Dunlop. Again the recipes are tasty, wonderful and really very home style. Her writing also helps bring the dishes to life.
Up to her usual standards of excellence, but not exactly what I want to eat. The history about the Cultural Revolution's impact on food and cooking was good tho.
Rating is based on the reading experience, since we haven't actually tried any of the recipes yet, but all reports indicate they're excellent.
Dec 31, 2007 Jessie rated it liked it
Her previous book is much better. This book has more cheesy stories, and some of the recipes seem like minor variants on ones in Land of Plenty.
Jun 13, 2007 Kady marked it as to-read
Recommends it for: anyone who likes Chinese food
I can't wait to buy this book! (see review of Land of Plenty)
Aug 06, 2011 Bernie rated it it was amazing
some great recipes in there, that i'll be trying out
Mar 19, 2007 Arjun rated it it was amazing
Shelves: cookbooks
Pretty damn good, I must say.
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Fuchsia Dunlop is a cook and food-writer specialising in Chinese cuisine. She is the author of Shark’s Fin and Sichuan Pepper: A Sweet-Sour Memoir of Eating in China, an account of her adventures in exploring Chinese food culture, and two critically-acclaimed Chinese cookery books, Revolutionary Chinese Cookbook, and Sichuan Cookery (published in the US as Land of Plenty).

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